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Angelo M. Julovich, DDS
6857 W Stonegate Drive, Suite A
Zionsville, IN 46077
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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Zionsville, IN

Natural-Looking and Strong Smile Repair

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Silver amalgam was the primary material used in dental fillings for many years. However, it came with some significant drawbacks, including the fact that it clashes with the color of the tooth enamel that surrounds it. Today, your cosmetic dentist in Zionsville is proud to offer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative: tooth-colored fillings. Discover how our team can repair decay without sacrificing your smile’s natural beauty.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

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Tooth-colored fillings in Zionsville are made out of a flexible composite resin, which is a mixture of biocompatible materials. The resin comes in a variety of shades, so your dentist can color-match it to your natural enamel. Once it is in place, no one will have to know that you’ve had a bit of dental work done! These fillings are very strong and tend to last for at least five years before they need to be replaced.

The process for placing a tooth-colored filling is fairly simple. First, we make sure you’re comfortable (in most cases, we’ll numb the tooth that we’re working on). Then, Dr. Julovich prepares the tooth by removing the decay. He applies the resin and uses a dental curing light to harden it in a matter of seconds. Finally, he adjusts the filling so that it will not interfere with your bite. Overall, your appointment should last for less than an hour.

For a few days after your procedure, your tooth might be extra sensitive, so you may want to avoid extra hot or cold foods temporarily. It’s also a wise idea to stay away extremely hard or sticky foods immediately following your treatment.

What Benefits Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Offer?

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Beyond their beautiful appearance, tooth-colored fillings offer a number of other benefits:

  • Composite resin has a low thermal conductivity, which helps to reduce temperature sensitivity.
  • Silver amalgam expands and contracts when it is exposed to extreme temperatures, which can damage the tooth structure around it. Composite resin does not have this problem, so it comes with a lower risk of tooth breakage.
  • Amalgam contains a significant amount of mercury, a toxic metal. Composite resin is non-toxic.
  • Placing a resin filling requires less removal of healthy tooth structure than placing a metal filling.
  • Amalgam may permanently discolor the enamel around it, but composite resin will not stain your teeth.

Would you like to learn more about how tooth-colored fillings can strengthen your smile without downgrading its appearance? Contact Trinity Dental today to ask questions or schedule an appointment.